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Information on PaleoTax

Day after day palaeontologists receive large amounts of specialist information: articles from periodicals, books, catalogues - which means new species, genera and families, new finds and results of stratigraphical investigations. The only way to cope with this flood of information - fast and accurately - is a well-structured data bank.
The PaleoTax application of the Hierarchical-Relational Data Bank System HDB is a module specially developed for palaeontologists (it is also suitable for biologists, but there is also an application for extant organisms). This application processes the following data occurring in palaeontology:

  • Literature
  • Phylum, Class, Order, Families, genera with type species
  • Species with synonyms, repository of type specimens
  • (Type) specimens, photos of specimens
  • Stratigraphical tables, localities, regions, countries
  • Citations (of species in literature, localities, periods) up to the classical Fossilium Catalogus
In PaleoTax these various items of information are combined with each other as they are in reality: genera, species and citations are described in literature; species are found in the localities of a certain period, etc.

However, it is up to you to decide whether or not you want to make use of these relations. In fact, the structures can be freely extended - with descriptions of genera and personal notes, descriptions of outcrops. Scanned maps or pictures of fossils can be integrated, illustrations for publications administrated. External documents (DOC, PDF) can be included, as well as links into the Internet.

The data can (of course) be searched for. They can be sorted. Outputs are possible in numerous ways (citations for bibliographies, entries from lists of synonyms, lists of genera, lists of species or desriptions of sites, extensive catalogues of species, citations and localities). The data can be transferred to a word processor or into the HTML format.

This application with the main emphasis on the management of taxonomic, geographical and stratigraphical data provides what you need: a tool for theoretical palaeontological work with fossil material.

© Hannes Löser, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Updated : 04-26-2022.